Hear Gary Haugen’s talk from session three of Passion 2019 as he reminds us of the intrinsic value and weight of our days. God Himself made us His sons and daughters, and as such, carriers of His light and love to a world that is longing for it.
Gary Haugen is CEO and founder of International Justice Mission. Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect the poor from violence has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets. He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice (Intervarsity Press) and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press).
If we trust the Scriptures when they say that we are the light of the world, then we have to arm ourselves with that truth in order to combat the lie that any of our lives are worthless. In fact, no matter what our current circumstances may look like, God had placed His Spirit within us so that we can be ambassadors of His love to the world. God has chosen to use us as His light-bearers to carry His truth into a dark world. It’s an amazing and weighty role He has given us to play: to reflect His light into the world. But before our light can shine before others, we have to let the light of Christ completely invade our hearts. It’s true that we can be the light of the world, but feel like we are surrounded by darkness, or that our light is dimmed or hidden.